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FBI seeks interview with whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

The FBI is seeking an interview with a CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment inquiry into whether President Trump abused his office in his dealings with the Ukrainian president, according to three people familiar with the matter.

A special agent with the bureau’s Washington Field Office contacted one of the whistleblower’s lawyers last month, and the FBI and the legal team have traded messages since, said two of the individuals, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.

No date for an interview has been set, and it is not clear whether one will be, the people said.

Source: FBI seeks interview with whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry

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Two charged after making drug delivery in Somerset Borough | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

SOMERSET BOROUGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — Two people have been charged after making illegal drug deliveries in Somerset Borough November 15.

Police say they were called to assist the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations in the investigation of a car that was traveling into Somerset Borough to make an illegal drug delivery.

According to police, officers saw the vehicle stopped at the Laundry Arena on Plank Road and they obtained surveillance, which showed a drug delivery.

A K9 officer from the City of Johnstown was called in for a full search and found drug paraphernalia, cash, and 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, police say.

The vehicle’s driver, Stephen Andrew Walter, 50, of Stoystown, and the passenger, Paige Elizabeth Beal, 23, of Meyersdale, are being charged with Prohibited Acts Controlled Substance/Possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Beal was placed in the Somserset County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond and Walter was placed in the Somerset County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.

Source: Two charged after making drug delivery in Somerset Borough | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

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RHINE STREET SHOOTING: 17-year-old girl arrested after man dies months after shooting in Pittsburgh neighborhood | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A 17-year-old girl who was wanted in connection with a shooting in Pittsburgh’s Spring Hill neighborhood that led to a man’s death was arrested Tuesday in Homewood, police said.

According to investigators, Shayla Johnson was involved in the July 2 shooting of 24-year-old Julian Carpenter, who died Nov. 4.

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Johnson lured Carpenter to an apartment building on Rhine Street, police said. Carpenter was then robbed and shot.Johnson was previously charged with criminal conspiracy, but she is now also charged with homicide, police said.Onaje Dickinson pulled the trigger, according to police. He died two weeks later after an officer-involved shooting in Penn Hills.

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Source: RHINE STREET SHOOTING: 17-year-old girl arrested after man dies months after shooting in Pittsburgh neighborhood | WPXI

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Senate sends fight over Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to House | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 is headed to the state House of Representatives, passed in the Senate against a deadline to stall Gov. Tom Wolf’s regulatory package to substantially expand overtime pay eligibility.

The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill Wednesday, 42-7, to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage in four steps to $9.50 in 2022.

Pennsylvania’s current minimum wage is the federal minimum of $7.25, which lags each of its neighbors and most other states.

Source: Senate sends fight over Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to House | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

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Giant Eagle, Shop’n Save, Whole Foods: Thanksgiving Grocery Hours | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

Find out when you can get last-minute Thanksgiving items at Giant Eagle, Whole Foods and other grocery stores around Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH, PA – We all know that unfortunate feeling. It’s Thanksgiving morning, relatives are coming over and you’ve spent days preparing and making lists for your family feast, only to realize you forgot to buy the cranberry sauce or the whipped cream to top the pie. Plenty of grocery stores will be open across the Pittsburgh area for your last-minute shopping needs.

Here are the hours for grocery stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, along with a list of those that won’t.

  • Giant Eagle: Closes at 4 p.m.
  • Market District: Closes at 4 p.m.
  • GetGo: Normal hours (gas-only locations will close at 4 p.m.).
  • Shop’n Save: Hours vary by location. Check with your local store for closing time.
  • Whole Foods, Wexford: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Whole Foods, Upper St. Clair: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Whole Foods, East Liberty: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fresh Thyme: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rite Aid: Most stores are open 24 hours.
  • Target: All stores are open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Walmart: Open normal hours for grocery shoppers on Thanksgiving, but check with stores for variation. Black Friday deals start at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, online and 6 p.m. Thanksgiving in store.

Closed Thanksgiving Day:

  • Aldi
  • Costco
  • Kuhn’s
  • Sam’s Club
  • Trader Joe’s

Source: Giant Eagle, Shop’n Save, Whole Foods: Thanksgiving Grocery Hours | Pittsburgh, PA Patch

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Teen charged with hate crime for posting ‘Slave for sale’ ad on Craigslist with photo of African American classmate – ABC News

An Illinois teen has been arrested for a hate crime for allegedly placing a racist ad on craigslist that included a photo of an African American classmate.

An Illinois teen has been arrested for a hate crime for allegedly placing a racist ad on Craigslist that included a photo of an African American classmate.

The teen, who is a student at Naperville High School, appeared in court on Wednesday morning on two counts of felony hate crime and one count of disorderly conduct, police said in a news release.

Source: Teen charged with hate crime for posting ‘Slave for sale’ ad on Craigslist with photo of African American classmate – ABC News

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10 Democratic candidates set to face off in 5th debate l ABC News – YouTube

10 Democratic candidates set to face off in 5th debate l ABC News

The candidates will take the stage in Atlanta after the latest Iowa caucus poll showed Pete Buttigieg as a front-runner with Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden tied for second place.

The fifth Democratic primary debate convenes 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night in Georgia, a state trending more purple due in part to shifting demographics, as the splintered field struggles to confront the party’s mounting concerns over defeating President Donald Trump and more Democrats both formally and potentially join the fold.

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Devin Nunes’ opening remarks at November 20 public impeachment hearing – CNNPolitics

Nune’s Remarks:

As I’ve noted before, the Democrats on this committee spent three years accusing President Trump of being a Russian agent. In March 2018, after a year-long investigation, Committee Republicans issued a 240-page report describing in detail how the Russians meddled in the 2016 elections and making specific recommendations to improve our election security.
Denouncing the report as a whitewash and accusing Republicans of “subverting” the investigation, the Democrats issued their own report focusing on their now-debunked conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the elections.
Notably, the Democrats vowed to present a further “comprehensive report” after they finished their investigation into Trump’s treasonous collusion with Russia. For some completely inexplicable reason, after the implosion of their Russia hoax, the Democrats failed to issue that comprehensive report.
This episode shows how the Democrats have exploited the Intelligence Committee for political purposes for three years, culminating in these impeaching hearings. In their mania to attack the President, no conspiracy theory is too outlandish for the Democrats.
Time and again, they floated the possibility of some far-fetched malfeasance by Trump, declared the dire need to investigate it, and then suddenly dropped the issue and moved on to their next asinine theory.

Source: READ: Devin Nunes’ opening remarks at November 20 public impeachment hearing – CNNPolitics

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2 Epstein jail guards arrested on federal charges – YouTube

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VEGAN SUES BURGER KING

A Georgia man who is vegan has sued Burger King for false advertising, alleging the burger chain “duped” customers into eating Impossible Whoppers by not adequately disclosing that the plant-based patties are cooked with beef fat. The lawsuit is seeking class-action status.

According to the complaint filed in a federal court in Florida on Monday, Phillip Williams of Georgia said he visited an Atlanta Burger King in August and ordered an Impossible Whopper, which, when prepared without mayonnaise, he believed conformed to his “strict vegan diet.” Williams was unaware that Impossible Whoppers are by default “cooked on the same grills as its traditional meat-based products, creating a meat-free patty that is in fact covered in meat by-product,” the lawsuit alleges.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2019/11/19/vegan-sues-burger-king-claiming-meatless-impossible-whopper-is-contaminated-by-beef-fat/

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Rob Rogers Sinkhole T-Shirts now available! – Pittsburgh Current

The only way to make the Pittsburgh Sinkhole even more Pittsburgh is to give it the special Rob Rogers’ cartoon treatment

Get on the bus and get yours by visiting our Spreadshirt shop today!

Source: Rob Rogers Sinkhole T-Shirts now available! – Pittsburgh Current

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Cold spells help area ski resorts get early jump on making snow | New Today | heraldstandard.com

The recent cold snap has allowed some local ski resorts to start making snow ahead of schedule.

At Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands in Farmington, Jennifer Noah, the marketing manager with Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, said they plan on opening the slopes on Dec. 20.

Along with skiing, Nemacolin also offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog sledding, as well as ski and snowboard lessons and a children’s snow camp.

“The early drop in temperatures allowed us to fire up the snowmaking system on Nov. 8, the earliest start of snowmaking in recent memory,” said Katie Buchan, communications manager with Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion, Hidden Valley Resort in Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain in Ligonier.

According to the Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley website, 4 inches of natural snow has fallen in the mountains. Laurel Mountain has reported 7 inches of natural snow.

Source: Cold spells help area ski resorts get early jump on making snow | New Today | heraldstandard.com

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth continues to lead U.S. | WPXI

This tower is in place to drill into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas. This well is seen from Pa. Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County. (RUHRFISCH)

Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth led the United States in 2018 — and helped set a national record.

Source: PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production growth continues to lead U.S. | WPXI

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Thousands of hats, gloves distributed around Greensburg to help homeless, those in need | TribLIVE.com

The gear — affixed to telephone poles, fences and trees or left out in the open — won’t hang around long.

Source: Thousands of hats, gloves distributed around Greensburg to help homeless, those in need | TribLIVE.com

 

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Ben Carson slams Maxine Waters: ‘Basic manners elude you’ – POLITICO

Waters had written Trump on Oct. 28 demanding answers on reports that the administration is mulling moving homeless people off the streets in California.

“Your shamelessness knows no bounds,” Waters wrote in that letter.

Carson threw the charge back at her today in his response: “Shamelessness is a career politician of 30 years laying blame,” he wrote.

“Shamelessness is allowing more than 55,000 Americans to live on the very streets they represent,” Carson added, referring to the homeless population of Los Angeles city and county.

“To me, the most compassionate, obvious, and logical solution would be to get as many homeless Americans off the streets — with a roof over their heads — as soon as humanly possible,” he said.

“I have sent multiple letters to your office and requested numerous meetings, but each time you’ve refused,” Carson wrote. “Basic manners elude you and it seems that instead of producing results, you’re more interested in producing cheap headlines at the President’s expense — like a true career politician.”

Waters‘ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He also alluded to the dust-up over his comments about transgender people this fall. Carson has maintained that he was merely repeating a concern that “big, hairy men” were trying to enter women’s shelters and refused to apologize for the remark when he appeared before Waters’ committee last month.

“Shamelessness is allowing anyone other than a biological female into a battered women’s shelter,” Carson wrote today.

Source: Ben Carson slams Maxine Waters: ‘Basic manners elude you’ – POLITICO

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4 people killed, 6 wounded in shooting at Fresno party – YouTube

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NFL moves Dec. 1 Steelers-Browns game to 1 p.m. kickoff | TribLIVE.com

Source: NFL moves Dec. 1 Steelers-Browns game to 1 p.m. kickoff | TribLIVE.com

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Asteroid danger: NASA reveals why it has no insight into 20,000 near-Earth asteroids | Science | News | Express.co.uk

NASA’S asteroid trackers keep a watchful eye on the skies above Earth but one scientist has warned the space agency has “no insight” into the behaviour of at least 20,000 asteroids.

Knowing how these so-called Near-Earth  (NEAs) behave could one day save our planet from a devastating impact. But a peculiar cosmic phenomenon known as the Yarkovsky effect renders some of ’s asteroid tracking efforts futile. Thanks to the Yarkovsky effect, NASA scientist Steve Chesley said there are thousands of asteroids that could potentially change their orbit.

Source: Asteroid danger: NASA reveals why it has no insight into 20,000 near-Earth asteroids | Science | News | Express.co.uk

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Don’t Try Reinvented Mashed Potatoes For Thanksgiving. Use This Classic

If you can’t make a pretty convincing scale replica of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming out of your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes, you are using the wrong recipe.

What’s a right recipe? Well, we always use Julia Child’s garlic mashed potatoes presented in her trusty and timeless “Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume 1” from 1961.

Yukon Gold potatoes are the inarguably best potatoes to mash instead of the Russets in Julia’s recipe. Yukon Gold potatoes were not widely available until 20 years after Julia’s recipe was published. You can’t easily over-cook potatoes meant for mashing, but they can be undercooked so make sure they are easily split with a fork before mixing and use room-temperature, real butter.

Of course, preparation is much easier with a formidable stand mixer such as a Kitchen Aid model, but the beauty of mashed potatoes as an American staple is that they can also be made easily with an electric hand mixer or even a good old-fashioned potato masher. Should you have access to the two latter tools, mix the potatoes on the stove on low heat while mixing in the cream and butter.

Source: Don’t Try Reinvented Mashed Potatoes For Thanksgiving. Use This Classic

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Body ‘encased’ in concrete found in basement of Colorado home, man arrested, sheriff says | Fox News

Authorities in Colorado investigating a possible killing at an apartment in a Denver neighborhood made a grisly discovery on Friday when they located the body of an adult male encased in concrete in the basement, according to officials.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that detectives had obtained a search warrant for an apartment on York Street in unincorporated Adams County after receiving information from the Arvada Police Department regarding a possible shooting that took place at the location on Nov. 8.

A SWAT team served the search warrant at the apartment on Thursday afternoon and arrested 38-year-old Russell Montoya Jr. inside.

“A search of the residence and multiple interviews have confirmed that a shooting and homicide occurred inside the apartment,” the sheriff’s office said.

Source: Body ‘encased’ in concrete found in basement of Colorado home, man arrested, sheriff says | Fox News

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Trump impeachment inquiry live updates – The Washington Post

Eight current and former officials are scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee this week to testify about Trump’s pressure on Ukraine for investigations that could benefit him politically.

In morning tweets, Trump said he might take up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on a suggestion she made over the weekend. Trump also claimed that the rules of the inquiry had been “rigged” by Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), who has summoned four witnesses to appear before his panel on Tuesday alone.

Source: Trump impeachment inquiry live updates – The Washington Post

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Guest editorial | Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian | Editorials | tribdem.com

The following editorial appeared in The York Dispatch. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tribune-Democrat or Wpanews.

Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic.

For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions and discussing life insurance. Just like those two topics, however, you ignore infrastructure issues at your own risk.

That’s why every Pennsylvanian, including the 450,000 folks in York County, should be more than a little concerned about a recent Associated Press report on the condition of the state’s nearly 3,400 dams.

Here’s a quick synopsis. An alarmingly high number of those dams are not in good shape. That’s according to the Dam Safety Division for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

In fact, about 740 are deemed “high hazard,” meaning a structural failure is likely to lead to loss of human life. That’s more than 20% of the state’s dams. Most of the high-hazard dams are privately owned and more than half are more than 50 years old. Some were even built in the early 19th century.

The agency’s greatest concern, however, is for a group of 145 dams that are rated, in data supplied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as both high hazard and in either poor or unsatisfactory condition.

Of course, this is not just a Pennsylvania problem. A two-year investigation by the AP identified 1,688 dams nationwide that are rated as high hazard and are deemed to be in poor or unsatisfactory condition.

Despite those rather frightening numbers, most folks take a rather lackadaisical attitude about the issue.

Rich Reisinger, the chief of the Pennsylvania Dam Safety Division, probably put it best when he said most state residents likely think: “The dam’s been there 100 years. It’ll be there 100 more.”

That’s a very dangerous outlook. Such a lack of vigilance could lead to millions of dollars of property damage and dozens, hundreds or even thousands of lost lives.

It’s happened before. The infamous 1889 Johnstown flood killed 2,200 people. The disaster was blamed on poor maintenance on the South Fork Dam on the Little Conemaugh River, sending a 36-foot wall of water roaring into a populated area at 40 mph.

As recently as 1977, the Laurel Run Dam outside Johnstown failed, killing 40 people.

So, it’s clear, something must be done now to ensure such tragedies don’t happen again.

In Pennsylvania, there’s both good news and bad news on that front.

The state’s dam safety program has a budget that increased from $2.6 million in 2010 – the third most in the country – to $2.8 million last year, the second-most. That’s the good news.

Unfortunately, the program has 28 dam-safety personnel, down slightly from 30 a decade ago. That’s the bad news.

There have been efforts to mitigate the threat from high-risk dams. Under a decade-old program known as H2O PA, the state has issued 19 grants for unsafe high-hazard dams, funding projects valued at a total of $50 million. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure proposal would steer additional grant money to upgrade dams.

That money must be approved and spent. Yes, spending taxpayer money is never a popular topic for politicians, but our representatives have a simple choice.

They can spend a little for prevention and safety now, or pay a whole lot more later, in both property damage and, much more importantly, lost lives.

We need to make a serious commitment to fix this issue. An ounce of prevention now may save us a pound of cure in the future.

Source: Guest editorial | Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian | Editorials | tribdem.com

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Large fire causes heavy damage to Somerset County home | WJAC

Multiple crews were dispatched to a house fire in Somerset County Sunday night. According to crews on scene, the call came in around 8:00 p. m. to a house fully engulfed in the 600 block of Sheep Ridge Drive in Somerset Township. The fire chief said crews had to use a crane to get into other parts of the home to battle the blaze. The home was torn down after the fire was extinguished. Everyone inside the home was able to get out safely, crews said.

Source: Large fire causes heavy damage to Somerset County home | WJAC

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HIT AND RUN: Man struck by a vehicle in Pittsburgh

Incident happened early Monday morning

Police are searching for the driver who struck a man in a crosswalk in Pittsburgh and then drove off.

The incident happened around 4:40 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Frankstown Avenue and Fifth Avenue, in the area of Pittsburgh’s Homewood West and Larimer neighborhoods.

The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said witnesses described the vehicle involved as a dark-colored car that was spotted heading in the direction of Fifth Avenue and Penn Avenue.

Source: HIT AND RUN: Man struck by a vehicle in Pittsburgh

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Man Arrested For Possessing Large Amount Of Marijuana And Crack Cocaine During Traffic Stop – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man is facing several charges after police found a large amount of marijuana, crack cocaine, and a loaded weapon during a traffic stop in Bellevue.

Police pulled over Christian Nichols and Amanda Berry on California Avenue and during the process of the traffic stop, police say the two made furtive movements in an effort to hide items in the center console.

Source: Man Arrested For Possessing Large Amount Of Marijuana And Crack Cocaine During Traffic Stop – CBS Pittsburgh

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Hong Kong: Protesters and police in fiery stand-off at university – BBC News

A stand-off at a Hong Kong university campus has led to fiery clashes overnight, as hundreds of protesters tried to repel a police advance.

Large fires broke out at entrances to the Polytechnic University (PolyU), where protesters hurled petrol bombs and shot arrows from behind barricades.

Officers earlier warned they could use live ammunition if protesters did not stop attacking them using such weapons.

Months of anti-government protests have caused turmoil in the city.

The latest violence is some of the worst the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen since the movement began.

The police have become targets for radical demonstrators, who accuse them of excessive force.

Demonstrators have been occupying the PolyU for days. Fresh clashes erupted on Sunday, with tear gas and water cannon being met with petrol bombs, bricks and other improvised weapons.

A police media liaison officer was wounded in the leg with an arrow on Sunday.

Source: Hong Kong: Protesters and police in fiery stand-off at university – BBC News

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Wanted juvenile arrested with loaded gun in Steubenville restaurant | WTOV

Police arrested a wanted juvenile who had a loaded gun on him Friday morning in Steubenville.

Police responded to the Wendy’s on Sunset Boulevard for a juvenile who employees say regularly sits in the dining room during the day. Employees told police they thought he may have been repeatedly skipping school.

According to police reports, when an officer arrived at the restaurant and saw the male juvenile he determined he had a warrant out of Mahoning County.

When police searched his backpack they found a pistol loaded with two live cartridges and more ammunition was found in a medicine bottle.

The juvenile is being held in juvenile detention without bond.

Source: Wanted juvenile arrested with loaded gun in Steubenville restaurant | WTOV

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Gutfeld: Dems’ joke impeachment hearings are all feelings, no facts – YouTube

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American Airlines Flight Diverted To Pittsburgh Lands Safely – CBS Pittsburgh

An American Airlines flight was diverted to Pittsburgh International Airport Saturday morning.

Source: American Airlines Flight Diverted To Pittsburgh Lands Safely – CBS Pittsburgh

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Driver falls asleep at the wheel and flips SUV

Woman was rescued from vehicle by firefighters

Pittsburgh Police said a woman fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed her SUV early Sunday morning.

It happened near the intersection of Washington Blvd and Allegheny River Blvd.

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The SUV flipped onto its roof.

The woman was trapped inside and rescued by firefighters.

She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Source: Driver falls asleep at the wheel and flips SUV

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